Actions speak louder than words, and our students learn what social responsibility is when parents model it for their kids. It is our goal that our students will demonstrate high standards of citizenship, respect for others, and a strong desire to give back to the community through service learning and other outreach opportunities. Our school-wide service learning projects are listed here. Additional service learning projects are integrated per grade level. More details can be found on our SPS Calendar.
Sparrow Club provides financial and emotional support for children and their families in medical need, but often more important, it also empowers kids to help others through charitable service in their communities. The Sparrow Club program at Seven Peaks teaches life lessons in compassion and selflessness through building relationships between a Sparrow family, a school student body, and our community. Sick kids get help, healthy kids become heroes and communities experience change. Our community holds two garage sales (Fall & Spring) to benefit our Sparrow. All students are encouraged to earn Sparrow Bucks for their community service and good deeds for others. Once students donate their time they fill out vouchers so their time translates to dollars to support our schools’ Sparrow.
Students learn to help others through charitable service in their communities. Students learn life lessons in compassion and selflessness through building relationships between our Sparrow family, our school student body, and our community. Our community holds two garage sales (fall & spring) to benefit our Sparrow.
At Seven Peaks, volunteering in our community and service learning are fundamental pieces of our curriculum. Eighth grade students generate ideas based on their personal interests, passions, and connections to plan, organize and complete an IB community project. Students evaluate the needs in their particular area of interest and determine ways to take meaningful action. Examples of action are to raise awareness, to participate actively, to research, to create/innovate, to change behaviors, and to advocate.
Watching our young people experience the personal impact of making a positive difference in our community is inspirational. Following their passions to effect change is the perfect way for our students to end their educational experience at Seven Peaks School.
As a school we partner with The Bend Food Project, The Giving Plate and Whole Foods to participate in the Bend Food Project. Together, our staff, students, and families donate an average of 10,000 pounds of nonperishable food items each year. The process is simple: students are given a reusable Bend Food Project bag and are asked to fill the bag with non-perishable food items over the course of two months. This can be done as a family, and students are welcome to ask their neighbors to participate as well which is another opportunity to connect with their community. This is a simple, but powerful way to give back to those in need in our very own community!
Our Annual Turkey Trot in November raises money for local individuals and families in need. In partnership with Whole Foods and The Giving Plate those in need will receive a turkey and non-perishables to complete their Thanksgiving meal. Students are recognized for bringing in the most donations, running the most laps and for wearing a creative costume!
Our 2nd and 4th grade students host our annual Red Cross Blood Drive in February. This service learning event is a reminder to our students that there are a variety of ways to serve, and it is an excellent opportunity to partner with your children as they endeavor to truly make a positive impact on their community. Students bring home a blood donation form and find as many eligible donors as possible. Remember: one donation saves three lives!
In April, Seven Peaks School students, staff and parents celebrate and build upon citizenry and awareness of environmental issues that impact us on a local and global level. Annually, our involvement in community wide, and beyond, service projects throughout the day include grade appropriate educational and hands-on experiences that provide firsthand knowledge to empower us to protect Mother Earth. Just a few of these experiences include planting a garden; collecting trash walks; designing a robot that can help conserve Earth’s resources; landscaping at Ronald McDonald House; touring Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery; hiking along the Metolious River and picking up trash; traveling to the Environmental Center to prepare for the Earth Day Parade; planting native plants, spreading mulch, and cleaning up streets; and designing and building dry wells.